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Michigan Epsilon Chapter to Close in September 2014

Published On: 2014-09-05

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Pi Beta Phi Closes its Western Michigan University Chapter  

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – September 5, 2014 – Pi Beta Phi’s Grand Council recently voted unanimously to close its chapter at Western Michigan University. For the past several years, the chapter struggled to grow the size of the chapter, experienced chapter operational concerns and was unable to deliver the positive membership experience Pi Phi promises.

Since its founding nearly 20 years ago, Pi Beta Phi Headquarters staff and volunteers have worked closely with the chapter and provided the highest level of support in hopes of creating and sustaining a chapter at Western Michigan University. Unfortunately, the chapter has continually struggled to meet the Fraternity’s minimum expectations for chapters and failed to address membership and recruitment concerns.

“Closing a chapter is never taken lightly,” Paula Shepherd, Pi Beta Phi Grand President, said. “It is the most difficult decision we face as Council members. We encourage all chapter members enrolled in the University to continue Pi Phi’s lifetime of sisterhood and benefits of membership as young alumnae.”

About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi has installed 200 collegiate chapters and more than 300 alumnae organizations worldwide. Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. The Fraternity believes in the power of reading and through its philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve®, promotes a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential. For more information, visit www.pibetaphi.org or follow Pi Phi on Twitter and Facebook.